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i'm. running. the u.s. preventive right as well as president from flying through its airspace and denies visas to a delegation being sent to the un stoking tensions between the two. the blame game surrounding the use of chemical weapons in syria hampers the russian american disarmament plan with russia exchanges between moscow and washington over who's at fault. with the syrian opposition is numbers infested with extremists we look at the aftermath of the rebel siege of an ancient christian village where people were forced to flee their homes to protect their face. a string of fatalities seized britain's police come under criticism for their reliance on an arsenal of apparently non-lethal tasers to control suspects.
you're watching r t live from moscow and lindsey france thanks for joining me and as well as president has accused the united states of refusing to provide reasons for a delegation going to the u.n. next week nicolas maduro was also apparently refused permission to fly through american airspace to get to china but as well as foreign ministry said these incidents were an act of aggression and a violation of international law artie's marina port naya has the details. venezuelan president nicolas maduro flight plan to china was denied that's according to foreign minister elliot's howard said washington prohibited the plane from passing through u.s. airspace over the ricoh forcing the world leader to find an alternate path now
while speaking to reporters about the incident foreign minister how i denounce the move as a won't act of aggression on the part of north american imperialism against the venezuelan government unquote president maduro was due to arrive in beijing this weekend for bilateral talks with the chinese government and venezuelan officials insist that mr majority will reach his destination despite the interference of foreign minister how argues that no country can deny air space to a plane carrying a president on an international state visit he also added that he expects the u.s. to rectify this situation now the latest this is the latest incident will no doubt bring animosity to of the already strained relations between washington and caracas let's remember that the united states and venezuela have not had embassadors in each other's capital since two thousand and eight that's when the former venezuelan
president hugo chavez. to back away to the american envoy from his country accusing the u.s. of backing a group of military officers he said were plotting against him and the u.s. responded at the time by expelling venezuela's ambassador and also just a few months ago in july president maduro announced that his government was halting attempts to improve relations with the u.s. now the move was in response to comments made by the newly appointed u.s. ambassador to the u.n. samantha power who told a senate committee that are her new role would include challenging the crackdown on the. civil society and abroad including venezuela well we've already heard from libyan president evo morales who has called on latin american countries to recall their ambassadors from the u.s. in response to this recent incident now president morales was caught in a similar situation this summer when several european union countries denied there
at their air space to his jet now that's allegedly because the u.s. suspected that n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden was on board president morales his. airplane now the bolivian leader had to land in austria after portuguese authorities wouldn't let the president's plane land for refueling in lisbon french authorities also wouldn't let the plane enter their air sprees airspace mr morale is says the latest incident against the venezuelan president demonstrates that the u.s. is predisposition to humiliate other governments david lindorff the founder of this can't be happening dot net believes the incident shows him to face policies that play. the u.s. is supplying these trading essential trading with me to venezuela it's not an enemy of the us there's no fighting between the us and venezuela and furthermore it's one
of the democratic countries of latin america which was supposedly an important thing to the united states supporting democracy and so we're nobody's contesting the validity of this election so the us is denying an elected president the right to fly over one of its colonies in order to get on a trip to china on a state visit and yet the u.s. allows dictators. military leaders known to have slaughtered their own people in latin america all those people are welcome to come and vacation in the united states but an elected leader of a. of a fellow nation in latin america is denied the right to fly over one of our colonies artie's keeping an eye on tensions between the united states and venezuela we'll bring you the latest updates as the situation develops there with r.t. . syria's deputy foreign minister says the nation's civil war has reached stalemate with neither side strong enough to win he said of peace talks in
geneva take place damascus will push the opposition to agree to a cease fire this comes as the u.n. security council tries to finalize a russian u.s. deal to destroy syria's chemical weapons artie's pos god has the latest on what's hampering the diplomatic efforts at the moment. the main disagreements seem to be over the un report that was published earlier this week on the chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of damascus on august the twenty five now the united states along with the united kingdom and france believe that that u.n. reports or the technical details in that u.n. report point to the fact that it could only have been the syrian government that carried out those attacks however russia say that the evidence isn't strong enough to draw any conclusions but they have their own evidence to suggest that it was the opposition forces who carried out a chemical weapons attack on that date as an act of provocation now is the diplomatic wrangling is continue here's what u.s. secretary of state john kerry had to say to the state department on thursday the
environmental chemical and medical fair bills that the u.n. investigators collected provide clear and compelling evidence that the surface to surface rockets used in this attack contained the nerve agent sarin we know the regime possesses. and there is not a shred of evidence however that the opposition does please this is in kabul a gaited when we said we know what is true we meant it so case closed then according to u.s. secretary of state john kerry but according to russian president vladimir putin who also spoke on the serious subject on the day the issue is slightly more complex than the thirty magoo. we're always talking about the responsibility of president assad if he unleash the chemical weapons but what if the rebels did it but what are
we going to do with them we have every reason to think that it was a provocation a small provocation of course but the technique was very simple they use an old soviet missile which are no longer in service with the syrian army but the key thing is that the missile carried the label made in the u.s.s.r. while another bone of contention between washington and moscow is the wording of a future u.n. resolution that will give the deal struck in geneva last weekend legal backing and support of course that deal that will see geneva that will see sorry damascus destroy its chemical weapons stockpile now the u.s. the u.k. and france when the threat of force to remain on the table if president bashar al assad doesn't comply with that u.n. resolution russia say that that is unnecessary where the united nations security council is set to meet next week to discuss that resolution but it seems that despite last week's breakthrough in geneva the diplomatic wrangling and the high stakes diplomacy looks set to rumble on for the coming weeks and months inside
syria the number of al-qaeda linked extremists within the opposition ranks is reportedly growing and they're not just fighting government troops but also their former rebel allies with the fiercest battles taking place near the turkish border civilians are also suffering with the ancient christian village of my little just one area to fall into the hands of jihadists artist correspondent in syria where financial reports. further the syrian village of the luna is where the aramaic language believed to have been spoken by jesus christ was in daily use but not so much these days. after jihadists attacked this mostly christian village in syria more than two weeks ago local residents were forced to flee the battlefield that was once their native land and calm organized life. many of them to graph huge with christian families in old damascus we try to meet them all of the thirty dollars
vocal music stores for us so that. many refused to talk because their relatives remain missing they say is the miss kidnapped people and they fear these could put them in even more danger and these people know well about danger three members of on two on its family were killed on the first days of the lunar siege marlen out in the morning by the shards of a log cleared the doors and all gathered in one interview i thought i was to run that and we won't harm you and try and make hell and shyly went there and surrounded by pointed their guns at them and started shooting i was intending my chest and our way down one of them offered to say but i ignored him and the other one said let the man die but hundreds gathered for the funerals of the three men who they now call mall to use those muslims and christians the attack on malala village syrians say was an attack on their country and its way of life. the family
was going to be there a game other than the dinner in that area of muslims and christians live in ma luna but it's surrounded by four or five muslim villages lie that maybe they see this as the last obstacle in their path them with here on to on it's father in law is eighty eight years old he says nothing like this has happened in his lifetime. we were living in peace and now it seems there. and to throw all the christians out of the country who prayed to god that would defeat them and kick them out another relative who's afraid to show her face says it's hard to say how many people were killed in our new because militants holed in the village often keep the bodies for further rendition and to instill fear their goal is not assad their idea is to establish an islamic emirate in all of the middle east however find countries are helping them with weapons money whatever they need helping them destroy the country and people of this region special sweet sanctified bread he serves in the family to
commemorate the dead. in church they held special ceremonies for several days. and again all the syrian is equally shocked prayed together for the dead and alive the ancient language in my lula united people for thousands of years the help now is that it can sustain them cruelly longer and all over the country the two and a half year long conflict is taking lives language and shattering people's hope. rich notion r.c. from damascus in syria later this hour in cross talk peter lavelle's gas clash over how the refugee crisis caused by the syrian war is affecting neighboring countries as well as the situation on the ground here's a quick look. i think it's a cheap shot to talk about refugees of being terrorists scepter we just haven't seen that except for a few isolated cases there were over two million iraqi refugees that didn't form
terrorist cells and in neighboring countries i think we do agree in terms of the long term consequences on human beings if this conflict does drag on for years and years not just in syria but also for the arena have to say that we are you know we just sort of solution in the last forty eight hours of syrian refugees in lebanon who were caught going over the border with heavy weapons to give to the new store front so you know i don't know that we can really sit here and say that you know that the refugee situation is not going to have a negative impact on the fighting on the ground. still ahead for you this hour a tale of caution a new world order warns europe against assuming austerity policies claiming that now another twenty five million will end up in poverty if governments don't listen details coming up after the break.
welcome back you're watching live from moscow i'm lindsey france thank you for joining me iran's recently elected president has offered to oversee talks between the syrian government and the opposition hasan rouhani addressed the western world in an editorial for the washington post calling on countries to focus on the future and not the frosty past relations the apparent readiness of iran's new leader to engage has given hope for a thaw in relations with washington but that's not an easy goal to achieve let's take a look at the tensions between the two in the past decade or so a year after the cia accused iran of having one of the world's most active nuclear programs then president george w. bush named iran in his infamous axis of evil speech causing outrage in tehran in two thousand and five came the first of several statements in which bush hinted at
the possibility of using force three years later president bush described iran as the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism saying action was needed before it's too late in two thousand and ten the united states and israel stepped up cyber war efforts aimed at disrupting whatever iran's main nuclear power plants and in summer two thousand and twelve the united states imposed some of its most crippling sanctions banning world banks from completing oil transactions with tehran a few countries were exempt in return for an agreement to cut oil imports from iraq and just this september president obama hinted that pulling back on a strike against syria does not mean he would do the same when it comes to iran in light of iran's current apparent change of tone artie's anissa now it takes a look at how responsive america is likely to be. the u.s. and iran haven't had diplomatic relations for over thirty years but recently both sides have suggested that steps could be taken to change that next week the new
iranian president will visit the u.n. general assembly and the obama administration is preparing for high level talks between a reigning in and u.s. officials possibly even a direct exchange so could this be the beginning of a fog after three decades of failed foreign policy towards iran well joining me now to speak more about that is hillary mann leverett and flynt leverett co-authors of going to tehran why the united states must come to terms with the islamic republic of iran. who's seen as much more open to work with the u.s. he has a softer line on israel he has come out and said that iran is not going to seek nuclear weapons is that enough to change u.s. policy towards iran the obama administration is very fortunate in terms of the incoming that the new iranian administration both president rouhani and his foreign minister mohammad job in syria have a lot of experience dealing with the west dealing with international law they both
have ph d.'s in international law they we work very closely i in particular i personally fall i was working for the state department negotiated with the iranian officials including the foreign minister zarif over afghanistan to overthrow the taliban set up a new government there the problem really is on the u.s. side you don't have that on the u.s. side you don't have a real serious understanding of what iran's interests are what their needs are how to deal with iran in the framework of international law the u.s. makes demands for concessions that have no basis in the national law so into there can be a real change on the u.s. side to work with other countries especially iran within the framework of international law i'm afraid any negotiations aren't going to get far i think that particularly for president obama it's been it's been two things one is a sense that he doesn't really appreciate that. at this point the united states needs an improvement in relations with iran at least as much as iran can benefit
from an improvement in relations with with america but that gets to the second big flaw is obama really prepared to examine the islamic republic as an enduring and legitimate political entity representing legitimate national interests if he is then the possibilities for improvement in relations are enormous but if he's not prepared to do this you know whatever nice meeting he might have with rowhani next week in new york whatever other nice exchanges there might be that's not really going to be substantive well we will certainly be watching very closely next week in new york thank you so much for your analysis like i said in the spotlight next week very much so iran and the u.s. people experts will be watching very closely to see if possibly a step towards diplomatic relations is possible reporting from washington and he said no way r.c. . and over at our web site u.s.
drone attacks have caused outrage because of the number of civilians they kill but according to a former u.s. air force in general the one thing they can't target as successfully as enemy aircraft is got the full story online for you. plus twenty five greenpeace activists are detained by the russian coast guard and they're trying to storm an oil rig in the arctic sea and on line for more on that story. right from the scene. first straight to you and i think the jury. on our reporters twitter. and instagram. could be in the know. on mine. tasers are fired up to five times a day in the u.k. with british police increasingly relying on an arsenal of fifty thousand high
voltage weapons the authorities say they save lives but after a string of fatalities human rights activists have grave concerns over the real extent of the dangers they pose as our tease laura smith reports. imagine the feeling of fifty thousand volts puffing through. people who. say it's a massive shock that starts in your liver and kidneys courses through your heart and brain it feels like it's being. told feyerick it's been cold and yet instances of tasering by police albright is the only time in the u.k. more than doubling between two thousand and nine two thousand and eleven that's of great concern to human rights groups who say tasers all the more they should and the police seem to think they are but a potentially lethal weapon being rolled out to huge numbers of offices you have to have a dish fifty pounds and. you might get it from. a
friend around the field it's much more serious much more of a big concern because in the hands of people who aren't trained to the sufficient level thing you risk. is happening tasers were originally only given to highly trained marksman but they're now being issued to specialist units on the beats a total of fourteen thousand seven hundred offices amnesty says the training course for a new taser power is woefully inadequate it only lasts three days but the association of chief police officer insists they all adequately prepared so tasers aren't being fired more often but there are loads more of them to be fired and they're up to five instances of taking the use a day now and the more tasers out there the higher the potential for accidents ten people have died since tasers were introduced in the u.k.
in two thousand and three one month exploded in a fireball often dousing himself in petrol and in the us they've been linked with moves in sixty deaths human rights groups say it amounts to the police being all by stealth. and worry that the negotiating and volatile situations will be noticed and be replaced with shock no question so. let's now take a look at some of the other world news in brief starting with yemen where according to local officials up to forty people including soldiers have been killed by twin blasts cars laden with explosives went off at a military camp in the south of the country it's thought al qaeda affiliated militants acting in the arabian peninsula are likely to have been driving the vehicles. three year old child is among eleven people injured in a shooting at a chicago city park at least three people including the child remain in critical condition in the hospital several others are reported to be serious it's reported one or two gunmen opened fire at a crowd on a crowd at
a basketball court so far no one has been arrested the incident comes just days after a shooting in a washington naval yard that claimed twelve lives. in mexico at least ninety seven people have been killed as two hurricanes continue to batter both the pacific and atlantic coast at the same time weather forecasters say there's a danger one of the cyclons could be about to move into the oil producing gulf of mexico tens of thousands have been evacuated to safety so far rescue operations are underway with dozens of people reported missing. inequality unemployment soaring debt europe has had its share of troubles in the five years since the financial crisis struck the aggressive austerity programs launched to cure the ailing economy appear to have made everyday life worse a new report suggests almost a third of your of europeans will live in poverty by twenty twenty five the details now for lucic often off. it's a prediction of a bleak future for europe twenty five million more people living in poverty by
twenty twenty five now that is according to a new report from oxfam the charity warns that europe's unchecked austerity programs could spell a lost decade for the continent and entrenched poverty for an entire generation now bailouts of europe's financial institutions may have helped save the banking system but they've also pushed the public debt the assumption was that balancing budgets would give confidence to markets that was supposed to allow credit and investments to plough making a condom use grow and creating jobs but in many countries that simply hasn't come to pass now at issue are deep spending cuts to public services like education health and social security many european countries have been forced to slash public spending in order to balance their budgets in ireland for example they have cut public spending by forty percent of its g.d.p. roughly twenty percent in the baltic states twelve percent in spain and so on but those numbers have a very real effect on people and they mean fewer services available to those who
need the most according to oxfam this will drastically increase poverty and inequality across the continent not just now but for years to come now in these economic times having a job itself doesn't mean you're in the clear in fact almost one in ten working households in europe now live in what's known as in work poverty now they may bring home a paycheck but it simply doesn't buy what it used to and that is because the value of wages has actually dropped in countries where spending cuts have been the harshest prices go up salaries stay the same causing many families to struggle just to get by now the spending cuts also mean fewer jobs unemployment in the many european countries is hitting record highs and the report notes that women and young people are often most effective what about those who lose their job only just spend months even years looking for another in ireland greece and spain the long term unemployment. it has quadrupled between two thousand and eight and twenty twelve so how to stem the tide of rising poverty and growing inequality while oxfam
argues the poor shouldn't pay for mistakes made by bankers it's called for attacks on the transactions of big banks that could deliver billions of dollars of help to ordinary people but even lawmakers have said that such attacks would be illegal oxfam is also calling for areas like health and education to be protected from cuts the group claims that europe can afford these measures but whether finance ministers agree is a different question. r t moscow. next it's cross talk peter live in his guest discuss the implications of the syrian refugee crisis.
i got some angry but polite messages after i came out in favor of the foreign adoption ban of russian children by people in the usa this is not a dig on america i think russia or any country that respects itself should export any children to anywhere at all people tell me that i'm paranoid that the decision to stop the foreign adoptions punishes the children while a massive reuters investigation called the child exchange has exposed some dark secrets about adoption of foreign children they expose it often by using the term re homing which is normally about finding new homes for animals people are basically advertising adopted children they don't want like baseball cards on e bay we're just found out that on just one yahoo group are child a week was offered up to the public my wonder what kind of people want to discreetly get children off the internet the thing is that in the us adopting a child from overseas is hard but transferring them to someone else later on is a breeze all you need is a notarized power of attorney document to clearing the child is another adult's care so for those of you who think that i am
a cruel nationals because i support russians doctrine ben then take a look at the child exchange and you might just start to see my point but that's just my opinion. it is. hello and welcome to cross talk we're all things are considered i'm peter lavelle syria the diplomatic front versus the battlefield as diplomats grapple with the complexities of dismantling syria's chemical weapons.